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Prima Pils - Victory Brewing Company

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4,373 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,373
Reviews: 1,980
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 161
Gots: 305 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
ca. 44 IBU

(Beer added by: Todd on 07-27-2001)
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

cmq103, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of CortexBomb
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour is straw yellow with a dusting of white head on top. The aroma is crisp malts, a bit of biscuit on the edge.

The flavour starts out flowery, and gives way to a solid biscuity middle. The floral aspects hang out on the back of the tongue, adding some depth without taking over. Slightly astringent on the finish, but overall solid taste.

The mouth on this is about what one would expect, not very thick, some hop action but not a tonne. The drinkability is also par for the course, I would have given it a bit more love here but for the finish.

The bottom line: Victory has put together a solid take on the style. This would easily be up into the 4.0 range if the finish was better though, as the front and middle segments of the taste are easily in that rating category for the class. Altogether, given the price this one probably won't be in my regular rotation, but I would try it again if I ran into it on tap.

CortexBomb, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of TheBungyo
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a head on this one! I'd say it was about an inch thick ... creamy white and gorgeous! Body is straw colored and very inviting. Nose is lemony hops and fruit. Tastes much the same ... I really dig the fruitiness. Finish is dry. I can see myself buying this all the time even though I'm not a huge fan of the style ... this is damn tasty!

TheBungyo, Sep 18, 2006
Photo of dfried
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright and crisp clear golden color with a head that settled to a slight film. The smell is sweet and zesty. The taste is quite sweet and smooth as you would expect from a lager initially, not all that different from most American domestics, but then the subtleties become more apparent and thrusts this well above average. The nice smooth malt gives way to zesty, spicy, lemon-like hops. This beer is really light, easy going, and refreshing.

dfried, Jun 13, 2006
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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It seems I am somewhat of a dissenting opinion here. I shall have trouble sleeping tonight.

Light golden orange haze. Big bubbled white as snow head.

Smells like thin orange juice and beer. Maybe a sour note.

Light citrus taste. Like an orange squeezed into a glass of bud light. Not so much to my liking.

Very thin bodied. Gonna chug this and move on because I'm not really enjoying it.

I'll most likely read some of the other reviews and try some other pils and maybe come back to this one for a second try. Maybe not.

Overall: marginal at best

PatronWizard, Oct 09, 2008
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4/5  rDev -1%

BugTownPub, Mar 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

LMH88, Mar 05, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden straw in color with a fine white head that melted away leaving a very sticky lace on the glass and on the liquid. Beautiful, and dare I say it, nearly perfect pale malt and hop aroma. Yum. Malty, spicy, tea-like sweet fruit… what is there NOT to like about this beer. Soft bubbles, but not under carbonated. This was a pilsner like I’ve never had before.

yen157, Feb 24, 2003
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4/5  rDev -1%

surlytheduff, Jan 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

creepinjeeper, May 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

woodchipper, Jul 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

RangnaR, Feb 05, 2014
Photo of benito
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

From the bottle, this was a hazy straw with a disappointingly thin head and lots of carbonation. Fortunately, the bouquet and flavors were top-notch: lots of floral aromas in the nose and a buttery sweetness followed by a crisp, dry, and very bitter hop finish.

The bitter finish is almost too overwhelming, though I think it really only detracts from this brew in terms of drinkability. I don't know that I think this deserves the title of BA's best German pilsener, but it is quite tasty. A worthwhile summer brew.

benito, Aug 08, 2006
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3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into pint glass

A - Bright yellow, ever so slightly hazy, with plenty of active carbonation. A little half finger head that dissipates quickly into a wisp. Not really the kind of color I like to see in a beer, but spot on for the style.

S - Yeasty and dry, almost a bit Belgian in character. There is a slight slight touch of bitter hop hidden in the back. Also present is a sweet citrus (orange or tangerine?), but only a bit. Almost smells like a Belgian wheat beer crossed with a Pils. Unique.

T - Sharp initial sip. Very crisp pine and floral hop flavor. Malty and perhaps a bit of toasted bread. I really really dislike the (earthy? certainly very bitter, but in a bad way) aftertaste, which is a shame since I like the rest of the profile.

M - Light body with some nice carbonation. A bit dry, which I like.

D - It takes a lot of getting used to for me. I enjoyed it half the time, and half the time I felt like I had to force it down. Some may suggest this is a pilsner for IPA fans since it accentuates the hops, but I just can't really enjoy it. I've never been a fan of pilsners, but thought this would convert me. It didn't.

greenmonstah, Feb 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

NCbeerpirate, Nov 15, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

JWalterWeatherman, Apr 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

jrand2621, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of ibbjamin
4.7/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I stock up and put this back when I'm visiting the midwest; easily towards the top of my 'wish they distributed on the west' list. I've had plenty of these and am reviewing this one in particular in a pilsener glass.

Nice dense white head of about 3/4 inch which after shrinking leaves a nice layer of retention behind. Somewhat cloudy yet still transparent. Pale straw yellow in color. Thick lacing.

Simple yet effiective pale pils nose; lemon, grassy hops, and pleasant bready yeast.

Bready yeast, grains, and lots of citrusy hops. Taste is full, especially for a pilsener.

Medium body and quite sessionable. Perfectly carbonated with a lasting finish of the lemon/yeast combo I now know as Prima Pils.

To me, this is going to serve as the benchmark for all pilseners out there. Just that good!

ibbjamin, Jan 18, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

TubaManJack, Dec 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

gutbuster, Jun 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

TriageStat, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of Redwood21
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a golden straw color with a forthy tall white head. There is a sweet hop floral smell. The head lasts for a while with a nice bit left for the whole drink. It starts with a good bit of carbonation, that dies to a nice bubble from the bottom action. The taste is very clean. Its incredibly smooth with hints of hoppyness and a little sweetness. The hops come in more on the finish. It has a nice light to medium mouthfeel that is very smooth and pleasant. Very drinkable due to its crisp light yet flavorful body. Very good pilsner.

Redwood21, Mar 25, 2007
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3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Rich golden straw with tough of chill haze. Okay size head with fair retention and pretty good lace. Not fancy or outlandish, but spot on.

S: Nice firm noble hop aroma – grassy, floral, herbal, and softly spicey. Doughy malts in the background with just a touch of grainy sweetness.

T: Rather hoppy and bitter for a Pils. Opens grassy and herbal with a fair bit of spice and quite a bite. There is briefly a splash of mildly sweet doughy malts. In the middle hops transition to spicey, earthy, and strongly bitter. A clean, scraping, cleansing bitter. Only well into the finish do some resin and hop oils come out. There is also a hint of lemon throughout and a slight astringency poking though.

M: Enough body to let you know there are some malts here. Despite the slightly narrow and thin taste this appears to be a frogs hair over medium body with CO2 pretty well matched. Start semi-dry and goes to quite dry. A bit palate cleansing. A touch astringent and even puckering.

D: More like, “A bold pilsener beer.” Very firmly bitter & hoppy. Almost unbalanced. More of a challenge to the palate than I usually think of for a Pilsner. May be pushing boundries a bit, but at least in ain’t no macro swill.

SickGnar, Jul 21, 2011
Prima Pils from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,373 ratings.